Eight power-packed performances in Playhouse Square’s historic theaters. Nearly 24 hours of live music under the sun and moon. Children’s activities. Cooking demonstrations. Shopping and good eats.
That’s just a glimpse at what’s happening June 22-24 at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank.
Downtown’s largest music festival promises to be bigger and better than ever in its 38th year. A full list of shows and scheduled events, plus ticketing information, can be found at www.tri-cjazzfest.com.
Here is the concert lineup, with show times and locations; ticketing information follows:
Thursday, June 22
Dianne Reeves/Chris Botti — 7:30 p.m., Connor Palace
With a buttery-rich and fluid voice, the legendary Dianne Reeves has won five Grammys for Best Vocal Jazz Performance. Trumpeter Chris Botti also is a Grammy winner, with four albums having reached No. 1 on Billboard’s jazz charts.
Friday, June 23
Terence Blanchard’s Blue Note Sessions — 6 p.m., Ohio Theatre
Trumpeter Terence Blanchard and a few musical friends – Kenny Barron, Ravi Coltrane, Carl Allen and David Pulphus – perform music he composed for the Robert DeNiro film The Comedian, in theaters Feb. 3.
Boney James/Norman Brown — 8 p.m., Connor Palace
Saxophonist Boney James fused a love for vintage soul music with mastery of modern production to become one of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade for the 2000s. Norman Brown – a guitarist, composer and singer – has offered tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz for two decades.
Saturday, June 24
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque/Alicia Olatuja — 1 p.m., Allen Theatre
Saxophonist Jane Bunnett, a Juno Award winner, routinely launches creative and exciting projects with Cuban artists such as the five young women in Maqueque. Newcomer Alicia Olatuja earned praise from the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage.”
Diego Figueiredo/Anat Cohen Choro Ensemble — 3:30 p.m., Ohio Theatre
Guitarist Diego Figueiredo fuses jazz, bossa nova and classical in a way that made him a winner of the Montreux Jazz Competition and VISA Prize. Anat Cohen, a clarinetist and saxophonist, blends Latin-infused original jazz with the rich musical traditions of Brazil in her Choro Aventuroso program.
Kamasi Washington — 6 p.m., Allen Theatre
Kamasi Washington and his band, The Next Step, offer a modern spin on a big band with two drummers, two acoustic bassists, keyboards, three horns, a pianist and a vocalist. He recently worked on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly.
Boz Scaggs/Catherine Russell — 8:05 p.m., Connor Palace
Boz Scaggs performed with the Steve Miller Band in the ’60s before embarking on a solo career that produced classic albums such as Silk Degrees (1976) and Middle Man (1980). Catherine Russell’s musical resume includes six chart-topping albums and a Grammy as a featured artist on the Boardwalk Empire soundtrack.
Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective — 10:15 p.m., Allen Theatre
Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective offers a socially conscious journey into an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues. He recorded his next album, Caravan, during live performances with the E-Collective in Cleveland, Minneapolis and Dallas earlier this year.
These talents and more fill the Tri-C JazzFest schedule, which features outdoor concerts. Tickets start as low as $25
Music festival scheduled for June 22-24 at Playhouse Square
Get “Keyed Up”
The festival’s outdoor kickoff party — Keyed Up! — begins at 5:15 p.m. Friday, June 23. The event, sponsored by KeyBank, will feature street musicians, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle puppets and more.
Al Fresco Music
Seventeen bands will play on the outdoor Strassman Insurance Stage during JazzFest, with the free performances taking place between 2:30 p.m. and midnight Friday and Saturday, June 23-24. The artists’ stage will be located on Euclid Avenue, with a dance floor under the theater district’s GE Chandelier.
Jazz Talk Tent
Listen to JazzFest artists talk about the music industry and their work in the Chemical Bank Jazz Talk Tent. Casual interviews and meet-and-greets give festival patrons rare, behind-the-scenes access to some of the jazz world’s top performers.
Late-Night Jam Sessions
The JazzFest music and fun extend into the a.m. hours during events hosted at Bin 216, located at 1515 Euclid Ave. at Playhouse Square. Catch legendary Cleveland sax man Ernie Krivda for a Tri-C Jazz Workshop on Friday night, while Saturday brings trumpeter Dominick Farinacci and bassist Johnny Parker. Both events run 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The U.S. Bank KidBop! children’s tent — which will be located in the Cleveland State University gallery at East 13th Street and Euclid Avenue — offers crafts, balloons, face painting, storytime sessions, steel drum performances and pop-in visits by some of the headlining performers.
Vendor Village will showcase more than 20 local makers selling their wares. From Cleveland-themed T-shirts and barware to fine art and artisanal jewelry, something for every taste awaits.
When Hunger Hits
Food trucks along East 14th Street will provide an assortment of great eats and drinks. In addition, eighteen theater district restaurants will be open for pre- and post-concert dining.
Appetite for Learning
Want to learn how to make bacon-wrapped corn on the cob? Or grilled shrimp with coconut-lime sauce? Or adobo-braised chicken lettuce wraps? Then stop in the Tri-C Hospitality Management Center tent on Euclid Avenue and catch cooking demonstrations from Chef Jack Ahern of the College’s culinary program.
Find your Zen during a free yoga session under the GE Chandelier at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24. The session will be led by Brianna Halloran of Nirvana Yoga in Mayfield Heights. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is presented by KeyBank and made possible by Cuyahoga Community College, the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council and a growing list of donors and members.
Gifts from the George Gund Foundation and Strassman Insurance Services helped stage the outdoor shows.